American International Group

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When smart investors consider a stock, they look at profit margins, revenue growth, and a raft of ratios to decide if it's a good buy. But beyond those measurements, here's a subtle and simple guideline that can give you real insight about a company's prospects: How honest is its management?

AIG May Join Bailout Suit Against U.S. Government

The insurer, rescued by the U.S. government in 2008 with a bailout that ultimately totaled $182 billion, may now join a lawsuit against the government alleging the terms of the deal were unfair. The move would be something of a shock development given that AIG just launched a high-profile television ad campaign called "Thank you, America."

Treasury Has Sold Its Last Shares of AIG (and Turned a Profit, Too)

The Treasury Department said Tuesday that it has sold all its remaining shares of AIG, wrapping up the government's biggest bailout of the financial crisis. With this sale, the government has received $22.7 billion more than the $182 billion in support it provided to AIG during the crisis.

Dear President Obama: Sell the Government's GM Stake Now

Dear Mr. President: I know you're proud of the effort made by your team back in 2009 to save General Motors. You should be. But as good as this GM thing has been for you, with the election now over, it's time to let go and direct the Treasury to sell its stake in General Motors.

Treasury Sells Big Chunk of AIG Stock at a Profit

The U.S. government cut its stake in American International Group Inc to about 21.5 percent on Monday, making a profit of $12.4 billion on the insurer's crisis-era bailout and bringing the unpopular rescue closer to its end.

Credit Default Swaps: Still Here, Still Able to Wreak Havoc

JPMorgan Chase's rapid $2 billion trading loss reportedly involved credit default swaps -- the same investments that played such a large role in the financial crisis. Here's why credit default swaps still pose such a threat to the U.S. economy.

Top Executives at Bailed-Out Firms Have Pay Cut

Nearly 70 top executives at three companies bailed out by the taxpayers during the 2008 financial crisis -- AIG, Ally Financial and GM -- were ordered to take pay 10% cuts by the federal government, and the CEOs had their pay frozen at 2011 levels.

Treasury's Big Stake Weighs on AIG's Stock Price

During the past month, AIG stock fell nearly 10% drop after an announcement that the government would sell some of its stake in the insurance giant. The Treasury's ownership in the company has declined from 92% to 77%, but the prospect of its future sell-offs are holding the stock down.

More Businesses Are Jumping on the iPad Bandwagon

As Apple fans line up to snag an iPad 2 when they go on sale Friday, individual consumers won't be the only ones purchasing them. Analysts say corporate America is increasingly adopting the tablet computer, and Apple's mobile devices are increasingly offing businesses the features they need.

House Votes to End 'Car Czar,' 'Pay Czar' Posts

Republicans in the House of Representatives voted Thursday to eliminate the Obama administration's "car czar," as well as the "pay czar" who oversees compensation at companies bailed out with TARP money, and seven other presidential advisers.

AIG Sells Stake in Taiwanese Insurance Company

In a second attempt to sell its 97.6% stake in Nan Shan Life Insurance, a Taiwanese insurer, American International Group has agreed to a $2.16 billion deal with the Ruen Chen consortium.

AIG's Nan Shan Unit Attracts Multiple Buyout Bids

AIG, which wants to spin off its Taiwan-based Nan Shan Life Insurance unit, has a few live ones nibbling on the line to snap it up, according to a Bloomberg report. The company has disclosed in an SEC filing that Nan Shan has attracted unsolicited offers ranging from $2.15 billion to $3 billion.

Bailouts Earn $35 Billion for U.S. Taxpayers

The federal governments bailout program has earned the taxpayer nearly $35 billion in the last two years, The Associated Press said. Income from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) rose by almost 17% through November compared with the estimate in October, the AP said.

AIG Sells $2 Billion in Bonds

Bailed-out insurance giant American International Group sold $2 billion of bonds in its first debt offering since it was rescued in 2008. The offering was an important test of whether investors think the insurer can stand on its own.

Fed to Name Firms That Claimed $3.3T in Emergency Aid

The plan to publish the names of recipients of emergency aid during the financial crisis marks "A significant step forward in opening the veil of secrecy that exists in one of the most powerful agencies in government," one senator said.

TARP Costs Fall to $25 Billion, CBO Says

The much-criticized Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) will end up costing the federal government about $25 billion, far less than previously expected. A report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that the costs will largely stem to funds given to American International Group (AIG), the auto industry and grants intended to avoid foreclosures.

Was Washington Right to Bail Out GM and Wall Street?

Historians will look back on Washington's bailout of GM and Wall Street as the right move. That's because it's now clear that the costs of doing nothing would have been far higher, and it turns out that taxpayers may suffer only limited losses on this economic Hail Mary pass.